Creating Arguments - Beyond Essays

Models - What will you create?

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What is your idea? Write your pitch!

On your blog, answer the following questions:

1. What topic interests you? Why?

2. What argument are you going to make?

3. Who is your intended audience? Why is that a fitting audience for your message?

4. What genres and publishing platforms will you use and how do those fit for the audience you've chosen?

Make Your Map!

How will you get this all done?

Work on your backwards map to set deadlines, group sharing of responsibilities and a clear plan for your project.

Get To Know Your Genre


What do you know about the genre you chose?

What do you want to know?

Use the chart.

Let's Discuss

Find Models

Who else is making arguments in the form that you've chosen? Find at least three other models and use the research tracking sheet to take notes.

When you've finished the research, write the summary of the genre on your blog. Use the rubric and guidelines to help you.

From a student!

Today 11/23

By the end of class today:

1. Share a google doc of a draft of any written content for your project.

2. Provide any proof that you have started practicing and/or creating in the chosen genre

3. Write a blog post documenting your progress

Final Days of Revisions


  1. Have you clearly appealed to ethos, logos and pathos? Will you be able to explain it?
  2. Have you clearly incorporated some research? Is that research cited somewhere?
  3. Have you gone beyond a simple school project? Does it feel genuinely persuasive and not superficial and boring?
  4. Is it well written and grammatically correct?
  5. Have you shared it in such a way that you can receive feedback and comments?


Publishing day checklist:

  • Make any final edits/revisions
  • Have at least one peer and the teacher look over the final version before you post it
  • Post it on your blog with a bit of introduction: What have you made? Why? What do you hope your reader gets out of it?
  • Start sharing your work by text, twitter, other social media, etc.
  • Start tracking how you share and how much traffic you are getting
  • Start being a reader - read and comment (good comments!) on other people's work!
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Be The Reader!

Your job today is to be a reader and supporter of your classmates' work. There's some really awesome work out there and it's time for you all to see it, share it and comment on it.

Use the comment guidelines above to comment on as many blogs as you can in the time allotted. ALSO, BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ONE SENTENCE/IDEA THAT REALLY IMPACTS YOU. You will need this later.

When you really enjoy someone's work, go beyond just leaving them a comment on their blog and tell them in person! Compliments are always better when they happen in real-time and not on a screen.

Time to Reflect On What You Learned!

Reflective Essay:

  1. Begin by summarizing your project – who was your audience, what was your intended message, why did you choose your genre
  2. Next, explain how you used ethos, logos and pathos in your final product.** Be really specific and thorough.
  3. Next, explain how you tried to get your piece to an audience to read, how your audience reacted, etc.
  4. Next, explain what you learned about this kind of writing and argumentation and what you might do differently if you had to do this again.
  5. Finally, conclude by discussing the overall persuasiveness** of your piece and what you are most proud of.

**Use the rubric to help guide you in assessing these ideas.

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What Matters To Us?

My back wall is looking pretty sad. Let's spruce up my classroom space with your words, ideas and the things that really matter to you.

Using Canva or another online image program on the computer or your phone, make two visually appealing quote posters (like the one below).

  • Make one using a quote from one of your own pieces of writing.
  • Make one using a quote from a classmate's work that you find appealing.

(By quote - I mean you are quoting someone. You aren't necessarily looking for quotes that the writers used from others.)

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